CONWAY, Ark. (9/8/17) – The Arkansas State volleyball team posted its second highest block total of the year and received a balanced attack in a 3-1 (25-21, 21-25, 25-17, 25-23) victory over UCF Friday evening inside the Farris Center at the UCA Classic.
A-State (4-5) posted 11 blocks as a team to six from the Knights (3-5) with Drew Jones and Timber Terrell leading the charge with six each. Six different players tallied a block on the night while six players also posted kills with Jones (13) and May (10) leading the way. Kenzie Fields, filling in at setter due to multiple injuries, recorded a double-double with 35 assists and 14 digs. Tatum Ticknor picked up 26 digs, while the Red Wolves had four aces against just two errors in the match.
“I’m so proud of the team for being able to bounce back in a big way,” A-State head volleyball coach David Rehr said. “We’ve used a number of different lineups due to injuries and ineffectiveness so it’s been tough on the coaching staff and the players, but it was nice to see it come together in this match against a talented UCF team. We proved we can still be a really good team even with all that is going on.”
A-State jumped out to a 6-1 advantage in set one to force an early Knights’ timeout, but UCF battled back to tie it up at 16-16. However, a 4-0 run, finished by a kill from May, put the Red Wolves in front 20-16 and a kill by Peyton Uhlenhake gave the team a 25-21 set one win. Arkansas State built an early 8-5 lead in set two, but UCF recovered to go in front 22-18 and force an A-State timeout. The timeout didn’t slow the Knights down much as they went on to win the second set 25-21.
UCF jumped ahead 4-1 early in set three, but A-State responded well and led 20-16 late in the game to force a Central Florida stoppage. The pause in action didn’t slow the Red Wolves down at all as the team went on a 5-1 run to close the set at 25-17.
The fourth set was a battle throughout with A-State taking a slight 17-15 lead to force a UCF timeout. The Knights used another timeout after a May kill put Arkansas State ahead 24-23, but the Red Wolves received a kill from Uhlenhake to claim the set 25-23 and the match 3-1.
UCF had three players tallied double-digit kills, led by Kia Bright, while Erin Olson posted a double-double with 29 assists and 12 digs.
Arkansas State concludes play in the UCA Classic Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. against Southern University.
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